Manage, edit and creatively design travel photos at home
When the trip comes to an end, it is time to start thinking about going back home. Your memory cards are full of beautiful vacation photos and your head full of unforgettable impressions of the trip. In order to keep this for a long time and to avoid wasting your time selecting and editing the photos, we are giving you here some tips on how to save valuable time organizing and reworking your photos.
Sorting out travel photos regularly
Often, many more photos are shot than what will in the end make it into the final selection or the photo album. This can be avoided if you are already thinking about what the finished picture should look like before you press the camera shutter release button. A mental composition of the picture not only saves you time when photographing and trying things out, but also during the photo management. It is also essential to regularly delete photos. If you have a few minutes of free time during your trip, then manually delete photos that you do not like or that you have twicec. In this way you reduce the required storage space and make a rough pre-selection. Another trick is to create a “Top 15 folder” in which you move your 15 favourite photos every day. By doing this, you can quickly and easily keep track of your best photos.
Temporary storing on different storage media
It is annoying when vacation photos that you love are lost or deleted by a technical defect. To minimize the loss of photos, think about saving your photos regularly on a different medium. It is recommended to export the photos taken to a laptop every evening or directly upload them to a cloud. In this way, you are prepared if your camera has a defect or your smartphone is lost. Some DSLR cameras have a WLAN function. This is the easiest way to transfer your photos not just to a cloud but also to your smartphone.
Try to make a ritual out of the daily deletion and temporary storage of your photos. For example, always do this before going to bed so that you do not forget these important steps.
Organization on the computer
Taking good care of your photos is the best option to save time. If you have your roughly assorted selection at home on the laptop, it’s best to sort them by the shooting date. You will get a chronological overview of your photos taken. This is especially helpful if you have taken photos with different devices and you now want to merge both photo folders.
Make sure that all devices have the same time and date settings before the trip starts.
Just because of the reduced photo equipment on trips and the difficult lighting conditions in some instances, many photos have to be edited afterwards. On the Internet you can find many fee-based and free programs for picture editing. For the smartphone, there are a number of apps that facilitate photo management and editing. Once you have found a suitable program, you should initially examine and, if necessary, edit the following basic aspects.
Focusing on the essentials
The first step in picture editing should always be cropping the pictures. Put the focus on the essentials and cut off disturbing picture elements. By properly cropping the images, you can also apply photo techniques such as the “rule of thirds” later. If your subject looks crooked on the photo, it’s best to align it with the horizon and by doing this you straighten the subject to achieve a harmonious effect.
Creating the right light
Photos taken in RAW format contain more information about the lighting situation at the time of shooting and make it easier for the photographer to find the right light while editing the photos. If the photo is too dark, you can edit the brightness and the lights of the photo. Be careful not to lose the contrast in the picture. If the picture is too lifeless, you should increase the contrast. Also a change in the colour temperature and the white balance can make the colours in the picture look different. If a colour dominates the picture too much, you can manually adjust it in the colour settings.
Re-sharpening pictures skillfully
If you save your photos in RAW format, your camera normally does not re-sharpen the images but stores them with all the additional information. Things are different with photos in JPEG format. There, the photos are re-sharpened when they are saved. If your photo is out of focus or in RAW format, you should first look at your picture in the 1:1 view. Now try to find the right settings with the interplay of amount, radius, details and masking until you are satisfied with the result. Depending on which program you use, there may be different settings for the sharpness adjustment. Try out to see which settings work best.
Please note that excessive sharpening will also increase the noise of the picture. Therefore, you should try to find a good balance between sharpness, contrast and light.
The right organization and management of your travel photos can be done quickly and easily if you regularly sort and temporarily store your photos. In this way you save time after the vacation and can concentrate on the picture editing. When editing your photos, always keep in mind the situation in which the photo was taken. Doing so, you will have a reference frame for editing and can rework your photos as true-to-reality as possible.